Destroy, Destroy!

Posted in Arcana on August 11, 2014

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for, making him the one you should email if you have thoughts on the website, good or less good (or not good). He's a longtime coverage reporter and hasn't turned down a game of Magic in any format ever.

Today kicks off Annihilation Week on, in celebration of all the cards that destroy wide swaths of otherwise perfectly good permanents. You can check out the full list of cards in From the Vault: Annihilation, but cards that "destroy all" or "destroy each" are actually even more common throughout Magic's history than you might suspect.

Sure, you know Wrath of God and Armageddon. You know Upheaval and Rout. You might have even played with Cataclysm and Living Death, back in the day. But how well do you know your destructive tendencies?

How many Planeswalkers say "destroy all" or "destroy each"?

  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3

What color do all of these destructive Planeswalkers share?

  1. White
  2. Black
  3. Red
  4. Green

It's not much of a secret that white has the most "destroy all" or "destroy each" cards (64!). But which color is second? (Multicolor cards count for all colors in the casting cost.)

  1. Blue
  2. Black
  3. Red
  4. Green

Most massively destructive cards tend to be sorceries, but creatures get in on the action as well. Let's see how well you know your destructive creatures.

There are two one-mana creatures with the words "destroy all" in their text. Name them!

Click to reveal.

Blue has exactly two fairly obscure creatures that say "destroy all" or "destroy each." Can you name them? If you do, you get all of the points (no Gatherer-ing).

Click to reveal.

That one was tough. Let's make this next one easier. Name the "destroy all" creature printed recently in Conspiracy.

Click to reveal.

Finally, we take a trip back to the beginning of all the destruction for our final question. Alpha was one of the most destructive sets ever and set the tone for destructive cards to come. There were eight cards in Alpha that read "destroy all." Of those, Wrath of God and Armageddon are in From the Vault: Annihilation. What are the other six?

Click to reveal.

From the Vault: Annihilation comes out Friday, August 22, and Annihilation Week continues all week here on DailyMTG.

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